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All About Croatia-Slovenia


North Americans have finally discovered why Europeans have been flocking to Croatia since the fall of Tito and subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia: A coastline of crystalline waters strung with more than a thousand islands and postcard Adriatic fishing villages where the pace of life, traditional cultures, and low prices make feel as if you’ve gone back in time decades.Croatia’s northern Istrian peninsula is a storybook Slavic take on Tuscany, all medieval hill towns, frescoed chapels, church bell towers, truffle hunts, farm stays, and Roman ruins in towns like Pula and Rovinj. 

Slovenia is something of a Europe in miniature. It sits at the crossroads of Europe’s Slavic and Austro-Hungarian worlds, sloping from the Alps across forested hills and a vast karst plateau riddled with caves (Postojna and Škocjan are the best) to a sliver of Venetian-inflected riviera along the Adriatic coast. The cuisine mixes hearty Austrian traditions with Italian ingredients, Hungarian spices, and Balkan specialties. Though tiny, Slovenia was the economic powerhouse of the former Yugoslavia and always the most Western-oriented of the Balkans—the first to join the E.U. just as it was the first Eastern European country to launch a post–Cold War democratic revolution, quietly, in 1989.